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Iran says Brazil’s Lula plans official visit

President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of Brazil is planning to pay an official visit to Tehran in May, an Iranian official said Sunday.

Mir Qassem Momeni, the head of Iran-Brazil Friendship Association, said economy will top President Lula’s agenda during his visit to Iran, slated for May 15.

According to Momeni, the Ministers of Development, Industry and Trade as well as banking and trade authorities will accompany the Brazilian president.

Brazil has been a vocal supporter of Iran’s right to enrich uranium for civilian applications. The country has also expressed willingness to facilitate Tehran in acquiring fuel for its medical research reactor.

Earlier this month, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited Brazil to win support for fresh anti-Iran sanctions over its nuclear program. She, however, failed to bring President Lula onboard the US-led campaign.

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